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Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Loss of A Legend
The world lost legendary college basketball coach John Wooden yesterday. His feats as a coach are truly extraordinary. An incredible coach and gentlemen. I've read many of his books and would put him in my "Top 5 people that I would have liked to have met" category. He focused on "off the field" behavior as much as "on the court". His "Pyramid of Success" defined his approach.
The most impressive aspect about him was his deep love for his wife. After she died, he would still write her love letters and leave them on her pillow at night.
Years ago, I listened to an interview that Tony Robbins did with him. You get a real sense of the man after listening.
I look at coaching today and ask "where are the John Woodens?". Tony Dungy comes to mind, but he is off doing more important work now.